Tipped by M. McF, in email, here is someone who should know stating this:
That was in 1997. Since then, tobacco costs have increased and the number of smokers has declined. If it was true then, it’s far more true now.
When Darth and her drones get wind of this, no doubt Winston Smith will be called out to deal with this errant bit of history. So it is forever preserved elsewhere.
Next time a drone tells you you’re costing the NHS money, point them to the Expert who has Said.
Then watch them squirm.